By Charlotte Adnams
The second week of the Dwyane Wade LIVE TO DREAM Summer Reading Program has just finished and the 60 students in the program have gotten acquainted with their mini-classrooms and their “Wade Coaches.”
Similar to several of the other “Wade Coaches,” Lexie is coming into this reading program straight from a semester of student teaching in an elementary school classroom. Lexie reflects on the difference between her past semester of a packed classroom and this summer program with only three students, “It is quite a change of pace from student teaching in a room with 37 students, but I really enjoy the small group coaching and it is a joy to already see progress in my students!”
Each week the tutors submit their lesson plans in advance to their mentors, College of Education professors and advisers, to optimize the opportunity for their students to excel. These twelve “Wade Coaches” prepare their classrooms each morning before the students arrive by listing the morning’s objectives, cleaning up the room, and organizing various books for the students to take home if they would like further practice and challenge.
With three more weeks ahead, the students have many more opportunities to excel and “go for the gold!”